What would be your expectations when you’re all set to watch a movie from the maker of mass commercial movies ‘Sandakozhi’, ‘Bheema’ and ‘Paiyaa’? Yet another movie of its genre isn’t? Doubtlessly, ‘Vettai’ becomes a superb entertainer for all with its rich ingredients of commercial elements – fun, action, romance, glamour, sentiments, etc, etc… The basic plot of the film might be little hackneyed, for we get to know it right before the opening titles.
It’s so simple and can be read in just few lines.
It’s a story about two brothers Thirumoorthy (Madhavan), fearful and timid while his younger brother Gurumoorthy (Aarya) is completely opposite. It has been Guru’s birth nature that he cannot bear anyone hurting his brother and if it happens, next month they’re done to the dusts of grounds. While their father, a sincere police officer unable to bear the shock over his transfer order breathes his last in sleep, Thirumoorthy is forced by Guru to take up the same job. Though he is nowhere away from timorousness, he wears the uniform, but is appalled over the notorious gangsters – Annachi (Ashuthosh Raana) and Maari, who have been through their enmity for years. Gurumoorthy comes into the unknown picture of knocking down the baddies, completing the mission that was assigned to Thiru and he earns praise and respect in department. But when the roughnecks at poles apart find out that Thiru isn’t what he seems to be, they smash him black and blue almost killing him.
Would Thiru able to settle scores or has to again seek the favor of his brother? Watch it over screens that are entertaining in many parts.
The writing is perfect and it’s the first and foremost reason why Vettai stands out as the best treat for the audiences. The screenplay is very much engaging from beginning till end as it leaves nowhere the audiences’ attention scattered. The characterizations are delineated perfectly and the romantic portions between the lead pairs – Madhavan, Sameera Reddy, Aarya-Amala Paul is done decorously. The humor quotients are yet another asset that keeps the film on high tempos. The mass appeal of the protagonists – Madhavan and Aarya is extraordinary that it easily wins the applause of audiences.
Lingusamy walks into the unexplored territories of Aarya as a mass hero and it works out on its best. Madhavan could have shed down some weight to look perfect and handsome. Bu his performance level is colossal as he emotes exactly to the situations as a coward person and a thrashing cop. Sameera Reddy needs a better makeover and her costumes in saris could have been better. Amala Paul makes an attempt to appear glamorously and woo down the audiences. Yes, it works out to certain extent. Ashuthosh Raana as baddie rocks in his style of performance and action sequences.
Yuvan Shankar Raja disappoints us with his songs as none of them, except ‘Pappa Pappapam’ are good. Nirav Shah’s cinematography captures the beautiful locales of Pondicherry and his ability to show the area as Tuticorin is a good job.
Final Word – Vettai is sure-footed winner for this season and will have repeat audiences in theatres for Lingusamy’s narrative style, power packed performances of actors, Brinda Sarathy’s dialogues, chemistry between the lead pairs and action sequences….
What works: Direction, Engaging Screenplay, Performances, Action sequences,
What doesn’t work: Songs, costumes (heroines), second half little lengthy,
Verdict: Your hunt for entertainment ends with ‘Vettai’
Banner: UTV Motion Pictures, Tirupathi Brothers
Production: Ronnie Screwvala, Subash Chandra Bose
Star-casts: Aarya, Madhavan, Sameera Reddy, Amala Paul and others
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Review by Richard Mahesh
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